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take bits and pieces and create their own lessons. think of it as open source education. >> i think there's lots of occasions where businesses might try opening up and be surprised at what happens. for example, we wanted to translate t.e.d. into the other languages instead of paying for thousands of translators to do it, unaffordable frankly, we opened it up and made the transcripts free for anyone to look at. translators then applied at volunteers. we paired them up with each other so they could check each other and we've ended up with the library being translated into more than 80 languages as a volunteer effort. >> like t.e.d., we are posting my interview with chris anderson online. it's worth watching on our blog @cnn.com/yourmoney. i'll tweet it out, as well. thank you for joining the conversation this week on "your money." we're here every saturday at 1 p.m. eastern and sunday at 3:00 p.m. eastern. tweet me, high handle
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is @alivelshi and have a great is @alivelshi and have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com it is 4 p.m. in the east 1 p.m. on the west coast, i'm martin savage in for fredricka whitfield. thank you very much for joining us it is great to be with you. these are the top stories we are following now in the cnn newsroom. cnn has learned that president obama has nominated chuck hagel to be defense secretary to the former senator from nebraska is a vietnam war hero and served on capitol hill more than a decade but his confirmation process won't be smooth sailing. athena jones is at the white house. and athena, hageling anered some lawmakers, especially because of the positions he has taken on middle east issues. what has he done that could cause challenges, say, for him here? were vernely has proven to be a controversial figure, even though's republican. you would think this would be a
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bipartisan choice that could maybe please both said by let's listen to what south carolina senator lindsey graham had to say this morning on "state of the union," touching on several of the problems he has with hagel. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, that israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization, terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel, he also was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization. >> reporter: pretty tough words there. also angered the lgbt community with comments he made back in 1998 when he called into question a nominee for the ambassador to luxembourg, called into question his fitness because he was game he has recently apologized for those remarks but you know, senator
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graham said he would be very inclined not to support hagel. on the democratic side, illinois senator dick durbin did speak more positively about hagel this morning on "state of the union." let's listen to that. >> chuck hagel was a republican senator from nebraska, a decorated veteran of the vietnam war, a person who has a resume that includes service on the foreign relations committee as well as the intelligence committee. yes, he is a serious candidate, if the president chooses to name him. >> reporter: a candidate that will face a big fight. martin? >> athena jones. thanks very much. >> reporter: thanks. two days since his plane vanish and the fate of missoni is unknown. he, his wife and four others boarded a plane off a resort in venezuela friday but never need to their destination outside of caracas. search crews have not spotted any signs of a crash. the missoni fashion hose is known for the high-end label of
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knit wear but produces a more affordable clothing line for target. now to syria, where president bashar al assad made a rare speech and was in rare form today as he blasted the opposition and defiantly resisted international calls for him to step down. here is cnn's mohammed jamjoon. >> reporter: in a rare public speech on saturday, syria president bashar al assad rediamond fi yant and entrenched, blaming a conspiracy for the turmoil in syria d standing firm against global calls for him to step down. al assad denied his forces were behind the violence that brought so much misery to syria these past 21 months and accused for runners of helping to fuel terrorism on the ground there. >> translator: those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemies of god will go
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to hell. >> reporter: al assad's speech deliver nerd an opera hall in damascus was punctuated by loud bursts of applause by the audience who chanted with our hearts with our souls, we will sacrifice four, assad. during the end of this speech, he offered a plan to end the crisis in syria, a plan that includes a national dialogue as well as the drawing of a new constitution that would be put up for a public referendum. but there's one major caveat to the plan, al assad said he will not deal with terrorists. in other words, the vast majority of the opposition. al assad vowed his military would continue their fight against terrorism in syria. >> translator: we will not stand down in combatting terrorism. quite the contrary. every time we are strong in fighting terrorism, we will continue with the political solution for syria. >> reporter: the opposition, for its part, said two not work with anyone from al assad's "criminal government" and not accept any plan that doesn't involve al
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assad's departure. cnn spoke with the opposition syrian national coalition who told cnn, he repeated the same words and same concepts from the past two years of syrian revolution. unfortunately, he didn't tell the truth about what happened in syria. who bombed the bakely? who bombed the petrol stations? he said that his government can deal with the political solution in syria f this kind of government can deal with a political solution, why did he wait for two years to announce his solution? violenced during al assad's speech, shells hit several neighborhoods in damascus and a particularly bloody day yet again in syria. this was the first time that al assad spoke in six months n that time, tens of thousands of more syrians have been killed as a result of the conflict there. mohammad jamjoon, cnn, beirut. egypt is weighing in on that war in syria. egyptian president mohammed mori said his country will always
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support the syrian people. wolf blitzer, anchor of "the situation room," has exclusive details. >> reporter: we are getting immediate reaction to the latest speech from the syrian president, bashar al assad, from the highest levels of the egyptian government. we are here at the presidential palace in cairo. i just sat down for a lengthy interview with you the egyptian president, mohammed morey. he has no love lost for the syrian president, bash shar al asad. he wants bashar al assad to go and go right away. listen to next change that i had with president morsi. you want al assad to leave to give up power? do you believe he should be tried by the international criminal court for war crimes? >> it is not i who want this but the syrian people who want this. this phase is the phase of the people, similar to what the egyptian president wanted, the syrian people wanted. and we support the syrian people. and they are going to win and
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they have the will to win. >> you say the syrian president want bashar al assad to be tried for war crimes? >> translator: the syrian people, through their revolution, and through the movement will, when the bloodshed stops, move to a new stage where they will have an independent parliament and the government of their choosing. and nen they will decide what they want to do against those who committed crimes against them. it is the syrian people who decide. >> it's clear that president morsi feels that time is running out for the syrian leader, that the sir issian leader can either do it the easy way or the hard way but he wants him gone. he wants him gone right away. he says that's what the syrian people want, the syrian people deserve, and he wants to make sure that that happens. wolf blitzer, cnn, cairo. >> you can see wolf blitzers a full interview with mohammed more soint situation room this week. a tense situation today along the bored we are pakistan and india. at least one pakistani soldier has died in the violence that flared up in the kashmir region.
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there are conflicting reports of the incident, with both sides blaming the other. i spoke to our producer in pakistan earlier. she reports that pakistan is saying that indian troops crossed into pakistani territory. >> as far as the pakistani military is concerned, they have reacted in the sense that they have obviously made this public, apparently according to a pakistani military official, the two countries have hard lines set up between them that includes the military as well as the diplomatic office and those conversations are expected to happen in the coming days. >> the indian defense minute stare says pakistani troops opened fire on the indian posts in the indian-controlled part of kashmir. still to come, we expect to learn a lot more this week about last summer's mass shooting inside of the movie near the colorado. and then later, my conversation with one of notre dame football's most famous underdogs. ♪
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try capzasin-hp. it penetrates deep to block pain signals for hours of relief. capzasin-hp. take the pain out of arthritis. we know more about the standoff yesterday at a home in aurora, colorado two women, two men, including the alleged gunman, died in that incident. police say a woman who escaped from that house told them that she had seen three bodies inside. authorities also tried to subdue the suspect with tear gas. ultimately, he in a shootout with police. aurora, of course is where james holmes is said to have opened fire last sumner a movie theater, killing 12 people. speaking of holmes, he is due in court tomorrow for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try him for more than 150 crimes there that theater massacre. our casey wian has a look what the we can learn from the proceedings.
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>> reporter: aurora, colorado, just after midnight, july 20th, 2012. >> 315 and 314, first shooting at century theaters. there's somebody shooting in the auditorium. >> he came down with his gun in my face, three feet away from me at that point. in that instant, i didn't know what to do. i was terrified. >> we need rescue inside the auditorium. multiple victims. >> guy standing by the exit firing away. he's not aiming at a specific person. just aiming everywhere, trying to hit as many people as he can. >> i've got a child victim. i need rescue at the back door of theater nine. now. >> i was just thinking we've got to get out, just got to get out the doors. and if i fall dead, just get my kids out of here. it was just so horrible. >> the suspect is going to be a male, unknown race, black camo outside outfit, believed to be wearing a vest, gas mask and multiple long guns. >> you have a right to remain silent. >> reporter: that suspect, 25-year-old james holmes, is
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charged with killing 12 people and wounding dozens more. prosecutors are expected to call scores of witnesses before arapahoe county district judge william sylvester. he'll determine whether the evidence is sufficient for holmes to stand trial on more than 150 counts, including murder, attempted murder and weapons charges. the weapons included explosives allegedly used to booby trap holmes' apartment. his attorneys are expected to present a diminished mental capacity defense. >> the government is going to absolutely say that. the government is going to say this guy wasn't crazy, he was crazy like a fox. he was conniving, he was premeditated. he was methodical. and that all may be true, but at the same time, you can be all those things, but you can also have a mental disease or defect. >> he had been seeing a psychiatrist at the university of colorado where he was a doctoral candidate in neuroscience until dropping out in june.
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his attorneys says he was hospitalized in november after repeatedly banging his head into a jail wall. the preliminary hearing is expected to last several days. the judge has issued a sweeping gag order, so this may be the first time that the public hears much of the evidence against holmes. casey wian, cnn, los angeles. as we mentioned earlier, cnn has learned that tomorrow, president obama will announce the nomination of chuck hagel to be defense secretary. the former senator from nebraska is a war hero from vietnam and served on the hill more than a decade, but it's not gonna be necessarily easy. cnn's senior political analyst ron brownstein is with me. let's go back to what could be perhaps -- by the way, nice to see you, but what could be the main roadblock for chuck hagel? >> chuck hagel has been an iconoclast on foreign policy, certainly within the republican party. he has said things about israel and about iran that are going to face criticism from republicans. and look, you know there is no
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diminution of the overall partisan warfare, as we have seen, since the election. the president already has had his probably initial choice of secretary of state hillary clinton, susan rice, by all indication, withdraw amid intense opposition from republicans. there's a little bit of blood in the water. in some ways, the fact that she withdrew made it more likely he was going to stick with hagel in the face of the criticism. all indications today on the talk shows are that you can expect a tough fight. on the other hand, he's former senator and there are very few examples of the former senators being denied ascension to the cabinet by the club. >> do you think he is going to make it through the process? >> if i had to bet, i would say in the end, yes. john tower, as a former senator, was appointed by -- selected by george h. w. bush as secretary of defense and defeated, denied the confirmation amid charges about personal behavior. chuck haigle is someone who has had a very distinguished career. he is an iconoclastic thinker,
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he said things that put him in conflict particularly with the neoconservative side of the republican party. avenues critic of the war in iraq. i think it's going to be rocky n the end, i think the former senators usually do get through. >> let me -- let's turn now to the fiscal cliff and the fallout from that whole big deal. do you believe this shows the two parties can work together when put under the gun or really accentuate the flaws of the kind of fractured political system or how fracture it had has become? >> i think it really is the latter. it shows how much difficulty we are having dealing with problems that even when everyone kind of acknowledge there is a problem. there's no question the $1 trillion a year deficit stretching out to the horizon is a tremendous challenge for the country. and this was a moment when much more could have been accomplished. instead, we ended up confirming permanently 82% of the tax cuts passed under george w. bush. and it's hard to see how that is
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really affordable in the long term, given the kind of fiscal pressures we face not only immediately but with a number of seniors expected to double in the next 30 years and all the pressure that create on social security, medicare, medicaid. so if there was ever a moment, the expiration of these tax cuts was the moment that provided leverage for a bigger deal. we didn't take t we took the path of least resistance, produced an outcome unsatisfactory for both parties and i think unsatisfactory in the long run, it probably makes it tougher to get to a bigger deal down the road. >> exactly my next question. did getting through that discussion you can the fiscal cliff, sort of now make people more entrenched when it comes to the agreement that's got to be worked out regarding the debt ceiling? that's not that far off. >> right. you know, using the debt ceiling as the lever to try to force through a big deal is enormously problematic because of all the collateral damage associated with it. beginning to hear a few republican voices saying do we want to go through again what we
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did in 2011? i think the problem was the bush tax cuts were the moment there was enormous you expiration of the bush tax cuts, a moment when there was enormous leverage to make a deal. now you it gets harder going forward. today, you had mitch mcconnell on "meet the press" half a dozen time saying taxes have now been resolved only saving $600 billion the next decades, half the amount the president said he believed he needed to get the deficit under control. and on the other side, with the tax issue off the table, it's not really clear what is the leverage that is going to allow the republicans to force democrats to deal with the entitlement side, unless you can believe they can do that through the debt ceiling. as we said that is a problematic lever. in an odd way, something very rare happened with this fiscal cliff deal t reduced the leverage of either side, the republicans or the democrats to move forward, i think, on the side of the debt crisis irk debt challenge that they think is necessary. >> yeah, i agree. ron brownstein, as always, we appreciate the insight. thanks. >> thank you. well, when north dame tykes
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the field for tomorrow's bcs national championship, there will be one very famous former player in the crowd. i got a chance to talk with the man who inspired the movie, "rudy." officemax can help you drive supply costs... down... ...and down. just use your maxperks card and get a case of x-9 paper for only 1-cent after maxperks rewards. find thousands of big deals now... ...at officemax.
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danny "rudy" rudiger became a household name after the the 1993 movie "rudy," tells the story of a working-class kid's struggle to get into notre dame and to make history. i spoke to him about tomorrow's championship between notre dame and alabama and his recent encounter with a very special
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family. take a look. rudy, north dame hasn't played for a college football championship since 1998, so, to kind of quote an old phrase from back in the day are you psyched? >> let's put it this way, north dame's ready. they're hungry. and i think every notre dame fan feels the same. they have been waiting a long time for this culture to come back. and it's exciting to see for college football. i was at a fund-raiser for the state of alabama yesterday for basically helping them raise money for their seafood. it's good to eat and was with a couple ex-miami dolphins, eric bowcamper, some of his teammate, ex-alabama football players. and it's interesting to see how they embrace rudy, the message, too. >> i think it crosses many boundaries. it certainly crosses sports team
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alliances, but what's the atmosphere right now down in miami? >> it's very exciting. everyo everyone's excited. everyone is anticipating the game. you can just feel it's growing, peaking right now. >> you're going to be there i understand? >> mm-hmm. i'm going to be there, mercedes, they brought me in, premiere sporting -- premiere sports company brought me in. >> nice. >> with mercedes. so i get to meet a lot of fine people and a lot of great people. >> yeah. yeah. and see some nice cars presumably. >> yeah. >> what do you think the irish need to do to win tomorrow night? >> edge. you know, keep that edge. the underdog edge. like we belong here and just know that their defense is very profound this year, which is -- the saw the recruiting of coach kelly and even some of the recruiting of coach weiss coming to fruition.
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the kids bought into the defensive call and offensively, they are coming around and alabama has a great offensive line and defense, too. so it's going to be a hard-fought game and i think it's going to come and hopefully do great johnny football. >> you going to make a prediction on a final score? >> well, again, i think it's going to come down to a field goal. that's my feeling. >> i want to switch gears a little bit here, because i know that you've been in touch with the family of one of the first graders that was killed last month at sandy hook school. >> correct. >> grace mcdonnell was a huge fan of yours. i'm wondering what does it mean to you that she found your story so amazing to her? she loved your story. >> well, you know, i talked to jack, the son of his sister, who was killed and he was taking it pretty hard. and lynn, when she was interviewed by anderson cooper
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and also the husband, i got inspiredism really got inspired by what they said. they wanted jack to release all his anger and forgive. and so he can move on in his life. and he was very strong about that so i sent jack a rudy package, a helmet, a jersey, a football, and a book and some memorabilia of the carry-off. i said you jack, here's what we are going to do, my friend. i said you are going to come to a notre dame football game, next year. we are going to get you there, your mom, you, you will have that experience. he really got excited. i talked to lynn, the mother, and boy, she was just as -- as pure as you can get and forgiving and what a wonderful example she is for everyone, for the strength and the character and the husband was the same. i mean, it was -- for that the question -- the answer to your question, i never thought in my wildest dreams that this movie would impact america like this,
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like it has. >> and what an impact it has made. thanks again to rudy ruettiger. the search for a plane that is carrying an italian fashion mogul, missoni. the search sentence fig. new details about how officials are trying to locate the plane two days after it vanished. the boys use capital one venture miles for their annual football trip. that's double miles you can actually use. tragically, their buddy got sacked by blackouts. but it's our tradition! that's roughing the card holder. but with the capital one venture card you get double miles you can actually use. [ cheering ] any flight, anytime. the scoreboard doesn't lie. what's in your wallet? hut! i have me on my fantasy team.
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[heart beating] [heartbeat continues] [heartbeat, music playing louder] ♪ i'm feeling better since you know me... ♪ announcer: this song was created with heartbeats of children in need. find out how it can help frontline health workers bring hope to millions of children at everybeatmatters.org. welcome back it is 4:28 p.m. in the east and of course, 1:28 p.m. on the west coast. i'm martin savidge in for fredricka whitfield. if you're just tuning in thanks for joining us. here are the top stories we are following now in the cnn newsroom. crews in australia searching for dozens of people who are missing after wildfires engulfed
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southeast tasmania. rescue workers are going door to door trying to find people who have been missing since those fires broke out friday. no casualties have been reported so far, but more than 100 homes have been destroyed by the flames. the u.s. coast guard and shell, they are trying to tow a grounded alaska oil rig. bad weather has prevented them from towing it to a safe air yaw. the vessel ran aground 200 miles south of anchorage last week. shell says the fuel tanks seem to be intact and no evidence of any sheen in the vicinity. boats, helicopters and dive teams, they are all searching for a missing plane with six people aboard. among them, famed fashion designer vittorio missoni and his wife. their small plane disappeared friday after taking off from a resort off the venezuelan coast, headed for caracas. rough seas are making the search effort difficult. earlier today, randi kaye asked nadia bill czech an update on the search and the impact the missoni family has had on the fashion industry. >> tell me first about where
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this plane was head, about the flight itself? >> we know that vittorio missoni, one of the three heirities to empire you was with his wife, another couple, a pilot and co-pilot, in the island of lass roques, left there friday morning. 11:30 friday morning, only ten miles having left loss roques, the venezuelan-born pilot spoke to the mainland that was the last we heard from the six of them. >> just ten miles out. >> they have disappeared somewhere off the venezuelan coast. >> from what we understand, he was heading home to italy to unveil a new line? >> they were going to the main airport us in caracas to madrid and then italy. the latest in the men's ware fashion which is designed by his sister, angela missoni. >> so popular. you see it every where. how did they get started, do you snow >> it started with their parents in the 1950s. you had vittorio and risita
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missoni started knit ware and it morphed into this major fashion empire and the missonis have been credited with making madrid one of the fashion families that have made one of the fashion hubs of the world. >> so he played pretty big role, vittorio did? >> vittorio has, just in terms of the expansion, the international expansion. so bear in mind he workers with his brother, luka, sister angela and various grand daughters as well. but he was the person, for example, for doing the deal with target. so, i don't know if you'll remember -- >> i remember seeing it there. did it do well? >> exceptionally well. so well that in 2011, when target joined with missoni, the website of target crashed. you could not get onto their website to get your missoni at a more affordable price, bringing fashion to the masses and people like me. >> yeah. so, but on a more serious note, they are out there, they are trying to get in touch with somebody -- >> absolutely. the chances of actually finding a plane in this water, we hope that they find the black box so
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we at least know what happened, but you look at the parents and their smiling faces and you begin to wonder the grief, the uncertainty they are going through and then what happens to the fashion empire, bearing in mind that you have luka, you have angela, u grand daughters and the parents are still very involved. vitt tore yoerks at 91, is involved an his wife still designs the house ware and this is a company that is now expanded into fragrance, apparel and even hotels. >> let's see what they find. not going to give up hope yet. you never know. these stories are trending on the web. nhl players could be back on the ice in a matter of days. the league and players have a ten-year tentative agreement. it sets thorny issues like the salary cap and revenue sharing. both sides are to rat fit deal. former south african president nelson mandela is completely over his lung
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infection and gallstone surgery. he is getting stronger at home every day and says he will soon get back to his daily schedule. mandela spent 18 days in the hospital during much of december. he has a history of lung problems since suffering tuberculosis near the end of his 27-year prison term. brazilian official says they have foiled a bizarre jailbreak plot. officials saw a suspicious-looking cat entering the prison it also had a cell phone, drills, asorted batteries and things taped to its body. nobody knows hot cat was supposed to be helping. it is going to take billion to rebuild the northeast after super storm sandy, but sometimes, the smallest human touch means the most to those who lost everything.
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juarez, mexico, was once known as the world's deadliest city n 2010, the drug trade helped push the murder rate to more than eight a day. since then, those republicans? fallen dramatically. i want to bring in our own nick valencia. first off, nick, let's put it in perspective what do we talk about now numbers-wise? >> a staggering drop in numbers. more than 100% drop in homicide rate. if you look at the numbers released recently by the attorney general's office there in chihuahua, 750 homicides in
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2012, martin, when you compare that to a year before, over 2,000 whom sides. even more staggersing when you look at the height of the violence in 2010 when it became, as you mentioned, the world's deadliest city, eight murders a day, 3,116 homicides. >> all right. well, i love the news. it's welcomed, certainly, but why? why is it happening? >> two juxtaposed position, depends how talk to and want to believe. you talk to local authorities, which i have, they tell dust is because of stronger police force, tougher policing, team work between these civil society organizations and the local police. if you talk to the more cynical every day resident in juarez, they tell you that it's because the sinaloa cartel, at war with the local juarez cartel, they won this bloody turf war and that is the reason the homicide rate has fallen. >> you've been down there you reported on the crime, the violence, and above all, daily life. i mean what is life like for many people in that town? >> yeah, i was there just in 2011. i spent some time there. and it paralyzed the every day
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life of citizens in juarez. this -- it went to the very core, every minor detail of life, going to the grocery store, going out to eat, going to restaurants, even something as simple as talking to your neighbor, martin. people were so scared because you don't know who was tapped by what cartel to get involved in this violence. i know when i was there, a newsgathering, i was at a taco shot across the street from a u.s. consul larkts i felt how can i talk to these resident it is i don't know if the person i'm speaking to may or may not be involved in a cartel? >> the fact of the matter is though this is a city now that has changed dramatically. people feel, however relative it is safe to go out on the street, safe to go out to the night club, hundreds of businesses have reopened, three high school reese opened. new sports facilities. and now, people are going out in the streets. and this is not the juarez that grabbed headlines with those eight murders a day. >> is not. very positive news. thanks for bringing it to us, nick. >> thank you. let's talk politics and religion now. you probably heard that there are more women and my norities in the new congress.
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but it's last religiously diverse congress a new survey by the pew forum says the freshman class is more diverse than the congress it replaced. the survey points out only 48% of the new class identifies as protestant, down from 58% the previous class. this session will see its first hindu, first buddhist in the senate and the first member of either house to list their religion as none. well, for many, the devastation from superstorm sandy is still very much a part of their daily lives, ever since that storm hit, st. paul's united methodist church in bay head, new jersey, has been serving meals to hundreds of people every day. for those who homes have been damaged or destroyed, the comfort blow slided by that church, how can you put it? it has been a real blessing. >> freezing out and they just had a couple water bottles and coffee set up. came in the next day need buffet of like penny vodka and baked ziti, it was, like, wow, amazing. my mom started tearing up. i was like, this is -- this is
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amazing, that they actually opened this church up to everyone. >> wasn't just having food and everything. and it was -- you know, having other people around you after the storm and realizing that you know, everyone is going through the same thing. >> pastor scott bostwick know he is the power of sandy firsthand. he was displaced by his -- or from, rather, his own home by the storm. and pastor, thanks very much for being with us, first of all. and you know this is a really big commitment. so, tell us what you're doing and how did it all come together? >> well, it's great and thank you for the opportunity to be here. this is certainly -- this is part of the blessing, to be able to share the story of what had happened during the hurricane and for the survivors. and basically what had happened was date after the hurricane, as soon as we were able to get back into the town, back into bay head, my wife, karen, and i drove into town, first to take a look at our house. and the first floor of the house had been washed out completely and we took a quick assessment of the damage there, but right after that, we needed to go
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around the concern and to check out the church and see the condition of the facilities there. and as we got around, i mean, it was just amazing because the water had literally come to within an inch entering into the building. had a very large crawl space underneath but no water entered the building. as soon as we got there, we knew that we had to do something, because people were walking around the streets and in the neighborhood. they were in shock. they were in disbelief. they weren't sure what to do next. and we were posting on facebook different pictures and different things that had happened. and by that afternoon, a friend of my had got back to me on facebook and called me and said, listen, scott, i have a generator. could you use that for anything? and i said, sure, bring it on up. >> so, that's how it began? >> yes. it certainly has continued. we have said it has brought so much comfort to so many people. how many members of the congregation are taking part? >> probably -- just a handful of the congregation.
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got about 200 members in the congregation and for the folks, especially in the begin hog could get into town, the area was cleared by the national guard some we had a combination of persons from the congregation as well as persons from the community and people from the sur rounding towns. >> so, these were just strangers, people who felt that they needed and could offer a hand to help as well? >> and it's amazing, because on -- i tell everyone, on any given day, i can walk through the church had and meals are being served, people are cleaning tables and stocking things on the shelves and i would have no idea who any of them are. and yet everybody is chipping in. >> sorry, has this changed your church? has it changed you, going through this? >> oh, it certainly has. the face of the church and our relationship with the community has certainly changed. we are now really a community center in the middle of bay head. we are a place where people from whatever church affiliation they may have had or no church affiliation, folks who are just looking for a police of
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sanctuary, a place of comfort would come and they would share the stories of what happened to them, their homes, find resources from fema or county agencies and really just find a place where they can sit and talk and to feel comfortable and safe. >> having been through many of these natural disasters, covering them, i realize how these community centers are so vital to people's mental well being. let me ask you this congress has approved some aid for kmirnts hit by sandy and is considering more, maybe a lot more what are the biggest needs you see? >> some of the biggest needs i see in the community is perhaps more coordination of efforts to match folks who perhaps have fallen through the contracts. some of the elderly or some of the folks trying to work on the homes themselves, match them with resources or volunteer groups that can come in and help them with either demolition or reconstruction. some of the supplies to we have been receiving through agencies such as the red cross or encore, the united methodist community of relief, or other areas are
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being passed through, but a lot of the island is still like a war zone. there are parts that are just opening up this week. there are parts where folks have not seen their homes. and there are places where folks just have no home to go back to. there's nothing there but sand where once stood their house and their home and everything they owned. >> mm-hmm. >> at least this package -- i'm sorry. >> no i was just gonna say as a result of this, they have faith and they also have friends, clearly, as your congregation is providing them much-needed food and comfort that the very -- time. >> folks are recognizing where perhaps they had not had faith and just kind of folks in the community, they realize that god is doing something and god has provided a safe place for them and the attendants at worship has increased 40% each week and folks helping at the church, it is just amazing. and just giving thanks for what they have and priorities are realined. we are not so dependent upon things anymore but we know that it's people that really count
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and people that matter. and god has certainly blessed us in that way. >> you're right. makes a big change in your lives. pastor scott bostwick, thank you very much, and your congregation and all those strangers helping so many others there. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> you can see more stories about faith on our belief blog at cnn.com/belief. okay. all you "downton abbey" lovers. it's almost time. the third season of the british period drama premiers tonight. what's gonna happen this season? stay right here.
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my 94-year-d mother, who i know is watching, by the way is just thrilled for tonight, because is a new season of down ton be a bit. for fans like myself, oh the drama. this is the third season of this tv drama. and this season there, is a new addition to the cast, much anticipated shirley maclaine. joining me now, l.a. bureau chief of buzz feed, richard rushfield. he joins me from los angeles. i'm not sure you're all atwitter as i am, but it's going to be a big night. explain people who may not know just how big a fen no, ma'am this has been for pbs. >> well, this is the biggest show, i think, in pbs history. never seen anything like this, particularly a dramatic show
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that has gone this wide and attracted audiences that traditional networks dream of. >> in fact, there had been -- i believe is there is a spinoff coming to the traditional networks as a result of this, right? >> yeah, julian fellows, who made down ton abby is now doing one for nbc here. it's a success hollywood is oft imitated, i expect to see a lot of down ton riboffs and a lot of trips back to victorian england here. >> a lot of fans are wondering what is season three gonna bring and how is it gonna change? and i'm wondering, do we have any clues? do we know? >> we do. not to give too much away, but the criticism of down ton and previous seasons, particularly last season, people thought that it got very soapy, with a lot of sort of mysterious visitors coming in with their faces burned off and murder mysteries are and all this. and this season, we are gonna get -- it's gonna be much more
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about the family. they are gonna take downton back to basics, back to the abbey and the family is going to be on some tough times. and the -- whether -- whether the family stays in do"downton abbey" will be very much in mind this saturday >> it is a british drama and captivate ready not only british audiences but americans seem to love it more so why do you think it has happened here? >> absolutely this have your cake -- have your tea cake and eat it too show for american audience he is. it's completely a soap opera premise. it's these plot lines with the murder mysteries are and all this that would be right at home in "general hospital" but dress one the prestigious british actors and the period costume and the set egg and just -- it makes you feel like you're doing something very educational while you're watching what is, in fact, a soap opera. >> masterpiece class sikt program that runs this and they have never had ratings like they
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had seen, especially the end of last season. do you think it's still going to be a gold mine this year? >> i think there's a huge amount of interest for it. people are so looking forward to this new season and i think they are gonna get back to basics in a way that will please the core audience a lot that maybe alienated them a bit last season. i think it's going to do very well for pbs. >> he is the chief of buzz feed, that's richard rushfield and joining me to talk about one of the shows i really love to watch, "downton abbey," which premiers tonight. thanks very much. >> thanks for having me. all right. the fiscal cliff, a deal is done. we never hit the so-called dairy cliff, that's good thing, but dairy products are still about to cost a lot more, as are a lot of other goods. we have some ways to help you save money, coming up.
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lot of the things we buy every day are suddenly about to cost a lot more. prices are jumping this year on all sorts of basics. our josh levels is here to break it down for us and leave us is broke apparently. hello, josh. >> hey there martin. we will have bad news but then there is going to be good news as well, i promise. we will balance it out here. the first thing is we all need to niece lot of talk about the dairy cliff not happening. the fact is nevertheless, prices on a lot of the goods that we buy all the time are going up in
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2013, you should know in advance so you don't get caught offguard when you go shopping. starting with meat products, in general, expecting all meat products, as a rule to group 3 to 4%. this is a result, largely, of the drought that's been going on in america. keep in mind it has affected the corn supply. corn is a major product used to feed cattle. a lot of farmers have but the cut back on the number of cattle they have, that creates a crunch, the long and short of it you see meat prices going up. also seeing dairy product prices go up this year, expect them to go up 4.5%, not like milk doubling, which is what could have happened in the so-called da irry cliff, expiration of a farm bill avoided. still looking at prices going up again, for a similar reason there, what's going on with agriculture in america a couple more to piece through here. shipping prices are going up, whether you deal with the postal service, fedex or ups. look at prices between 4 and 5%. that's them offsetting some of their costs as well. public transit in a lot of
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cities is going up as well. again, cities offsetting some of their costs. and take a look at this one. health care premiums, the cost of health care in america are a major issue in this country. there's a study by ann hewitt that found that health care premiums in america in general are going up about 6.3% across this year. time to jump in one more, planning to buy a new car this year, expect the prices to jump a little bit more than they have in some other years, including more than $1,000 for some models out there. now, here's what i want to you know. i have a link for you, up on my page, facebook and twitter, that traces you through a already of these plod ducts that are going to cost more and next hour, i'm going to be here with the opposite. i'm going to show you new technologies, including new apps and some other thing also you are not familiar with that will help you save money this year. so for those of how have the goal in 2013 of saving money, despite all this, we can seriously help. martin, i promise i will be back with that. >> we will hold you it to it.
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josh levs, thanks very much r. >> you got it. facing freezing temperatures and deadly bombs, syrian refugees, many children, are struggling to survive the coming months and they are looking to turkey for help.
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